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When selecting a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV), understanding the available adaptations is crucial. At AVH, we ensure that every WAV we offer is equipped to meet a broad spectrum of mobility needs, enhancing the driving or travel experience for individuals who require additional support. Each vehicle comes with specific adaptations designed to make driving or riding as comfortable as possible, regardless of your physical requirements.

Adaptive Technologies are at the heart of what we do. We specialise in bespoke solutions such as hand controls, steering balls, and left foot accelerators, each tailored to facilitate driving for individuals with diverse mobility needs. Our WAVs incorporate the latest technology to ensure that control and accessibility are maximised, providing a sense of independence and confidence to our users.

Moreover, we understand that comfort goes beyond just physical adaptations. It’s about creating an environment that feels safe and inviting. Our vehicles are designed with accessibility in mind, featuring modifications that help make entering and exiting the vehicle as easy as possible, alongside adjustable components that ensure a comfortable journey, wherever you go. Let us guide you through choosing the right adaptations that will meet your specific mobility needs effectively.

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Overview of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Adaptations

When considering the rental of a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV), it’s essential to understand the variety of adaptations available and how they can enhance your travel experience. In our fleet, each WAV is equipped to meet high standards of accessibility and safety. The primary adaptations include ramps or lifts, providing easy access for wheelchair users without the need for transferring out of the wheelchair. These features are designed to be user-friendly, ensuring a smooth and secure entry and exit.

Additionally, our vehicles are often fitted with lowered floors to increase the interior vertical space, making it more comfortable for the passenger while seated in their wheelchair. Tie-downs and securement systems are also standard in our fleet, which are crucial for stabilising wheelchairs during transit, hence ensuring safety at all times. By understanding these key features, you’re better equipped to select a vehicle that truly meets your accessibility requirements, making your journey not just possible but also enjoyable.

Adaptive Technologies for Enhanced Driving Control

Adapting a vehicle for enhanced driving control involves several innovative technologies designed to assist drivers who may not be able to operate standard controls. One prevalent adaptation is hand controls, which allow the driver to operate both the brake and accelerator pedals using levers that are usually mounted below the steering wheel. This adaptation is ideal for individuals who have limited use of their legs but full use of their hands and arms.

Steering aids, such as steering balls, are another essential adaptation. These devices are attached to the steering wheel, enabling drivers to steer with one hand, which is particularly beneficial for those who might find traditional steering methods challenging. Moreover, advanced electronic systems like push-button ignition and gear selection are incorporated to facilitate operations that typically require finer motor skills, enhancing overall driving experience and safety. Through these technologies, we ensure that driving is accessible and secure for all our customers, catering to a range of different needs.

Comfort and Accessibility Features in Adapted Vehicles

Ensuring our vehicles are not just functional but also comfortable and accessible is paramount. Our commitment is to provide an inclusive driving experience, where convenience is key. For instance, adjustable seating is crucial for those who may need to change the seat’s height or position for comfort or better access to the vehicle’s controls. Air conditioning, ample legroom, and easy-to-read dashboards aid in creating a welcoming environment for all. Furthermore, noise-reduction features help make drives more peaceful, which is particularly beneficial for those sensitive to sound. Our aim is to tailor each vehicle’s environment so it becomes a perfect personal fit for your driving pleasure.

How to Choose the Right Adaptations for Your Needs

Selecting the right adaptations for your adapted vehicle involves understanding your daily routine and long-term mobility goals. We guide you through the selection process by closely considering your specific challenges and objectives. Whether it’s daily commutes, longer trips, or specific driving tasks, each adaptation should enhance your ability to drive safely and comfortably. For example, if your mobility is limited in the lower limbs but upper body strength is good, hand controls or joystick driving might be the best adaptations. Alternatively, if ease of access and egress from the vehicle is a priority, look for vehicles with swivel seats or automated wheelchair lifts. Let’s explore together the optimal set-up that navigation and personal independence.


At Adapted Vehicle Hire, we understand the importance of mobility and independence in enhancing quality of life. Our range of adapted vehicles is carefully curated to ensure that each member of our community can find a vehicle that perfectly fits their needs, whether they require full wheelchair accessibility, hand controls, or any other specific adaptations. We pride ourselves on offering bespoke solutions that do not just meet but exceed the expectations of our clients.

If you’re considering renting an adapted vehicle, remember you don’t have to compromise on comfort or functionality. Let’s discuss how we can assist you in finding the perfect wheelchair accessible vehicle that suits your lifestyle and mobility needs. Explore our options or get in touch with us today at Adapted Vehicle Hire to discover how easy and satisfying driving can be with the right adaptations.